Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Florida Highway Patrol says a 28-year-old Clearwater woman was struck twice and died later from injuries.
Update May 16, 5:45 p.m.: The Florida Highway Patrol and Pinellas County deputies arrested the man they say was the driver of the Hyundai, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, 24-year-old Christopher Jones, of Tarpon Springs was arrested pending the final outcome of the investigation into the crash. Update May 16 10:53 a.m.: The woman who died has been identified as Narissa Jo-Ann Robinson. Earlier: An early morning hit-and-run crash at the intersection of U.S. 19 and 298th Avenue has left a 28-year-old Clearwater woman dead. The accident happened around 12:42 a.m. May 16 as the woman was riding her bike north in the outside turn lane of U.S. 19 approaching the intersection with 298th Avenue, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A serious accident has lanes closed in the northbound direction this afternoon, May 1.
Motorists heading north on U.S. 19 near Palm Harbor’s Nebraska Avenue might want to take a detour. Palm Harbor Fire Rescue has announced that all northbound lanes of U.S. 19 are closed this afternoon, May 1, following a serious motor vehicle crash. A media alert from the agency was issued just before 2 p.m. It is anticipated the lanes will remain closed for at least an hour as the Florida Highway Patrol completes its investigation. Drivers are being asked to stay clear of U.S. 19 from Nebraska Avenue to Highlands Boulevard until further notice. Stay with Patch for updates as they become available.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Mark Daniel Russell, 49, of Palm Harbor, was crossing U.S. 19 just north of Curlew Road when he rode into the path of a car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A bicyclist was killed Tuesday evening while crossing U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that around 7:30 p.m, Mark Daniel Russell, 49, of Palm Harbor, was crossing U.S. 19 on his Schwinn bicycle just north of Curlew Road when he rode into the path of a 2005 Nissan Sentra driven by Kelby Michael Miksch, 36, of Palm Harbor. Miksch was traveling northbound in the outside lane. The collision caused Russell to be thrown from his bicycle onto the roadway. He was transported to Meese Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, where he died from his injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Jeremy Allan Bogie, 25, of Palm Harbor, was arrested and charged with violation of parole and leaving the scene of a crash.
Florida Highway Patrol investigators say a surveillance camera outside the entrance of a gated Palm Harbor home recorded a man who hit the gate with his SUV and then left. Jeremy Allan Bogie, 25, of Palm Harbor, was arrested and charged with violation of parole and leaving the scene of a crash. FHP investigators say that just before midnight on Feb. 3, Bogie hit the gate outside a home at 4708 Pleasant Ave. while driving a red, 1998 Ford Explorer. He then allegedly left. Bogie later returned to the home in a vehicle driven by his mother. At that time, an FHP officer was at the home responding to a 911 call about the alleged hit and run involving the gate. The FHP officer said when Bogie arrived at the home, he was unsteady on his feet and…
Friday, December 28, 2012
Find out how prevalent DUIs are in the state.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that fatal crashes involving impaired drivers tend to increase during the holidays. That’s why the Florida Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies plan to step up enforcement through New Year’s Day. “Last year more than 1,100 people lost their lives in crashes where alcohol or drugs were involved or suspected, and thousands more were injured,” said Julie L. Jones, executive director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in a media release. Just how prevalent are DUIs in Florida? Here’s a look at the numbers according to the website Florida DMV: So what happens if a person is charged with a DUI? Here are the penalties for a first offense: See Also…
Palm Harbor residents can expect to see more law enforcement on the roads through New Year’s Day.
With the long New Year’s weekend kicking off, the Florida Highway Patrol and other local law enforcement agencies aim to make their presence known. FHP is participating in National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month activities, and troopers want to remind motorists to take care behind the wheel. “New Year’s is a party-type holiday,” Sgt. Steve Gaskins acknowledged. “We want to remind people that even during your celebrations you have to make plans ahead of time. We don’t want to mix alcohol and motor vehicles.” Gaskins suggests that anyone going out this weekend or on Monday, which is New Year’s Eve, come up with a plan to get home safely. “Plan for a designated driver, party at home or plan to party at places where you don’t have …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
John Paul Guekunst, 41, died of injuries sustained when he was struck while attempting to cross U.S. Highway 19 late Friday. He was not in a crosswalk, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A Palm Harbor man is dead after being struck during his attempt to walk across U.S. Highway 19 Friday evening. John Paul Guekunst, 41, died of his injuries on the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver of the vehicle, Shannon M. Johnson, 22, of Belleair, was traveling north in a 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse in the inside center lane on U.S. 19. Guekunst was walking across the split, eight-lane highway from east to west just before 7:30 p.m., according to a preliminary report from Florida Highway Patrol. Johnson's vehicle struck Guekunst head-on just as Johnson's vehicle was approaching Highlands Boulevard in Palm Harbor. Guekunst was not in a crosswalk, Florida Highway Patrol reports. Johnson's Mitsubishi Eclipse …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Pinellas County saw an decrease in collisions in 2011, and so did the rest of Florida, according to a new state report. We want to hear from you, Palm Harbor, on what roads worry you the most.
The number of traffic crashes in Pinellas County dropped by 19 percent last year, from 13,450 in 2010 to 10,882 in 2011. A total of three teen drivers or their passengers, ages 15 to 19, were killed in motor vehicle accidents in Pinellas in 2011. Ten bicyclists were killed while trying to navigate Pinellas roadways. These are just a few of the numbers released in the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' "2011 Florida Crash Statistics Report." The report was just released this week by the state and includes a variety of information related to roadway safety throughout Florida and in Pinellas County. While Pinellas saw a big drop in its crash numbers, the state also witnessed a decline in fatalities, the report says. In …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The car's 18-year-old driver was charged with failing to stop at a stop sign after she allegedly pulled in front of the bus carrying 21 students from Brooker Creek Elementary School.
A BMW that failed to stop at a stop sign collided with a school bus carrying 21 children from Brooker Creek Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon in Palm Harbor, according to authorities. The bus driver and students were uninjured after the car's driver, 18-year-old Gabriella Eliza Fermano of Palm Harbor, made a left turn onto Highpoint Drive and pulled directly in front of the bus, which was headed south, Florida Highway Patrol investigators said. The front left of the bus collided with the left side of her 2009 vehicle, according to a report. Fermano was exiting the Myrtle Point neighborhood at Mira Vista Drive around 3:10 p.m. when she allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign, according to the FHP. She was taken to Mease Countryside …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Do you plan on attending a Halloween party this weekend? A warning: the Florida Highway Patrol has launched an aggressive crackdown on impaired drivers that runs through Nov. 4.
If you think a Halloween costume will disguise your drunk driving, the Florida Highway Patrol has a message just for you: “Keep the party off the road.” The Patrol joins thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation this week to launch an aggressive crackdown on impaired drivers through Nov. 4. “The Patrol continues to make driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement a priority,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “In an effort to get impaired drivers off the road, troopers will be vigilant throughout the state with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crack down.” To keep safe this Halloween, FHP recommends these tips: Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over is a …